10 years behind bars for sexually assaulting a five year old child
A man has been sentenced to 10 years today (November 2) after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a five-year-old child.
Tyler Eastley, 20, of Lowlands Drive in Staines-upon-Thames, was found guilty of assaulting a female child under 13 by penetration on July 26 following a four day trial at Guildford Crown Court.
An investigation was launched following an allegation made by the child in August 2017.
Eastley was arrested and charged with the offence earlier this year.
Passing sentence on Friday (November 2), Judge Alexia Durran described Eastley as “an immature young man” with a history of substance abuse who had engaged in “a degree of grooming” before assaulting his victim.
Judge Durran said Eastley would spend a maximum of nine years in prison and a further period on licence, during which time he could be recalled to prison for any further offences, and that he would serve a minimum of four-and-a-half years before being considered for parole.
She also imposed a sexual harm prevention order, banning him from staying in the same house as or having unsupervised contact with girls under 16, unless their parents had been informed of his offending and consented, and said his name would be placed on the sex offenders register.
Reading a statement from the victim’s mother, prosecuting barrister Allister Walker said of the victim: “She has become a different child since the incident.”
The statement went on to describe the victim’s changed behaviour, saying she had become afraid of men in hats and police cars, as she thought Eastley might be in the back of one.
“She felt guilty and that she was to blame,” Mr Walker read.
Speaking after the trial, but before sentencing, the mother had already described how the family had struggled to come to terms with Eastley’s actions.
She said: “We are devastated by what has happened.
“We feel it is very important for people to be made aware of what he has done to such a young child and we sincerely hope that this will never happen again.”
‘Devastated’ family thank police after Staines man found guilty of child sex offence
A “devastated” family have thanked Surrey Police for their support after a Staines man was found guilty of a child sex offence.
Tyler Eastley, from Lowlands Drive in Staines, appeared at Guildford Crown Court last month charged with assaulting a female child under 13 by penetration.
The 20-year-old was found guilty of the charge on July 26 and is due to be sentenced on September 14.
The family of the victim have thanked members of both Surrey Police and a sexual trauma recovery group for their support during the case.
“As a family we would like to commend Brian Rampley from Surrey Police (Staines police station) for his continued hard work and constant support over the last 11 months,” the mother of the victim said.